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  • Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques. The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words ka'a e pûer, referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. On 26 November 2014 Capoeira gained the UN cultural heritage status